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Featured Article filed under Independent Business | Written by Stacy Mitchell | No Comments | Updated on Mar 5, 2015

Walmart’s New Green Product Label Is the Most Misleading Yet

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/walmarts-misleading-green-product-label/

The Sustainability Leaders badge is straight out of Walmart’s 10-year-old greenwashing playbook. Once again, Walmart has engineered an appealing media story about itself as a green innovator that has little to do with reality. Continue reading

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Featured Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Mar 5, 2015

Missouri Senate Committee Hears Anti-Muni Bill; Private Companies and Groups Ask For No Vote

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/missouri-senate-committee-hears-anti-muni-bill-private-companies-groups-vote/

As the Senate version of Missouri’s latest anti-muni bill, SB 266 [PDF], moved forward recently, a group of private sector companies and interested organizations appealed to state lawmakers [PDF] urging them to stop it in its tracks. In January we reported on HB 437, introduced by House Member Rocky Miller. Its Senate companion, which establishes… Continue reading

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Featured Article filed under The Public Good | Written by David Morris | No Comments | Updated on Mar 5, 2015

The Other FCC Decision

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/fcc-decision/

On February 26th the Federal Communications Commission issued two decisions. One concerned net neutrality, the other municipal broadband. The first garnered by far the most attention, as it should. Net neutrality affects everyone and locks down a fundamental principle for Internet access. But as another presidential campaign looms the FCC decision on municipally owned broadband… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Mar 5, 2015

Isleboro, Maine, Will Vote to Bond for Municipal Network in May

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/isleboro-maine-will-vote-bond-municipal-network-may

Isleboro, the Maine island community of 566, will decide in May whether or not they want to bond to build a municipal fiber network, reports The Working Waterfront. The network will be owned by the town who plans to partner with GWI to operate and manage it.  Currently, about 2/3 of residents on the island… Continue reading

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Featured Article filed under Independent Business | Written by Olivia LaVecchia | No Comments | Updated on Mar 4, 2015

At U.S. Supreme Court, an Invitation to Reconsider Internet Sales Tax Ruling

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/us-supreme-court-invitation-reconsider-internet-sales-tax-ruling/

After years of fighting for a federal fix for the online sales tax loophole, this week, advocates for e-fairness gained a new ally: U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony M. Kennedy. Continue reading

Article filed under Energy | Written by Rebecca Toews | No Comments | Updated on Mar 4, 2015

Democratic Energy Media Roundup – March 4, 2015

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/democratic-energy-media-roundup-march-4-2015/

A clean energy report looks at the tension between utilities and consumers, and we take a look at political crossover: how distributed energy and local control is becoming more of a bipartisan issue. Chris Mooney with the Washington Post leads the roundup with two articles on how solar energy plays in conservative parts of the nation. It doesn’t hurt… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Mar 4, 2015

Remembering David Carr, and His Writing on Monopoly Power

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/remembering-david-carr-and-his-writing-monopoly-power

Stacy Mitchell, Co-Director of ILSR and Director of the Community-Scaled Economy Initiative, took a few moments to look back over the work of David Carr. Carr’s work included investigating monopolies in the telecommunications space. Stacy’s story, re-posted here, originally ran on ILSR.org. What will we do without David Carr, the brilliant media columnist at the New… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Mar 3, 2015

Lafayette Congratulates Wilson; Offers Support After FCC Ruling

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/lafayette-congratulates-wilson-offers-support-after-fcc-ruling

When the FCC announced its intention last week to neutralize the negative impacts of Tennessee and North Carolina anti-muni laws, celebrating reached far beyond Chattanooga and Wilson. In Lafayette, home to LUS Fiber, City-Parish President Joey Durel took time to write a supportive letter to Wilson’s Mayor Bruce Rose. We reproduce the text of that… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Mar 3, 2015

Rural Electric Co-Mo Coop Goes Gig – Community Broadband Bits Episode 140

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/rural-electric-co-mo-coop-goes-gig-community-broadband-bits-episode-140

As high quality Internet has become more essential for business and quality of life, those who realized that the existing telecom providers had no intention to invest in better connections in their rural Missouri communities began to ask their electric cooperative – Co-Mo – to step up and do it. This week, we talk with… Continue reading

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Article filed under Zero Waste & Economic Development | Written by Neil Seldman | No Comments | Updated on Mar 2, 2015

Reuse Based Enterprises

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/reuse-based-enterprises/

Every city, county, and state must think about waste. For most it is a headache, but for a growing number of forward-thinking locales it is a boon for economic development. If your community is interested in green jobs, the discard stream is a logical place to start. When handled properly, the items in the discard… Continue reading